September 15, 2014
New Delhi, India — September 3, 2014 — The Eleventh International Rotavirus Symposium today began just two months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Government of India would provide a rotavirus vaccine to all Indian children, and weeks before the highly anticipated UN General Assembly’s 69th opening session, which will assess progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Immunization is among the simplest, most cost-effective investments a nation can make to secure a healthy workforce, safeguard its population against devastating disease outbreaks and propel its economy into the next stage of development. However, national immunization budgets are currently insufficient to sustain the programs and incorporate new and costlier vaccines. The Sabin Vaccine Institute, through its Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program, works with country governments to secure long-term domestic financing for these programs.